Hoover Institution (Washington, DC) – The Hoover Institution hosted its annual winter board of overseers meeting Sunday, February 26, through Tuesday, February 28, in Washington, DC. In addition to holding committee meetings, the Hoover Institution invited board members to attend sessions in which fellows, staff, and leading policy officials provided in-depth analysis on challenges confronting the United States and the free world.
On Monday morning, Hoover fellows and staff gave a briefing on some of the most significant research activities currently being conducted at the institution. Amy Zegart, Morris Arnold and Nona Jean Cox Senior Fellow, discussed Hoover’s leadership in launching the Stanford Emerging Tech Review, an annual report of Stanford University’s research contributions in areas of critical technology.
The briefing also included a discussion between Stephen Bowen, distinguished policy fellow and executive director of the Hoover Education Success Initiative (HESI); Chris Dauer, chief external relations officer; and Shana Farley, associate director for marketing and policy education, on the research and dynamic tools on K–12 education policy that are readily accessible on the Hoover website to policy leaders, families, and other stakeholders. The three described two resources developed within the past six months: one, an interactive map that illustrates the variety of school choice options available across all 50 US states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico; and two, individual analyses of learning losses resulting from school closures during the COVID pandemic, as well as the correlating potential long-term reductions in income, for all 50 states, based on research conducted by Eric Hanushek, Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow
The three days featured conversations between Hoover Institution director Condoleezza Rice and Justice Amy Coney Barrett, Supreme Court of the United States; Speaker of the US House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy; US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo; and Maryland Governor Wes Moore. To conclude the meetings on Tuesday, Peter Berkowitz, Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow, talked with Senator Tom Cotton, Arkansas on the topic of “Securing American Freedom and Prosperity.”
The meetings also featured various presentations by Hoover fellows. These included Berkowitz on “Revitalizing American Institutions: Freedom, Democracy, and Liberal Education”; Michael R. Auslin, Payson J. Treat Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia, on “How to Lose the Cold War: Old Washington Lessons for a New Struggle with China”; Daniel P. Kessler, Keith and Jan Hurlbut Senior Fellow, on “Opioids in America”; Senior Fellow Jack Goldsmith on “Special Counsels and Classified Information”; and Distinguished Visiting Fellow Kevin Hassett on “How Stagflation Ends.”
Finally, Rice presented the Summer Policy Boot Camp Director’s Award to seven university students and recent graduates who participated in the 2022 program, for their outstanding essays that provide solutions on a range of issues concerning American public policy.